Friday, June 19, 2009

Honey, Let's Buzz over to the Beekeepers Ball!

There's a lot of buzz on rooftops, backyards, community gardens and farms in the Big Apple this week about bees -- also over at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, City Council member David Yassky's office and Just Food.

The week of June 22 is Pollinator's Week New York City to celebrate urban beekeeping and petition city government to once again legalize beekeeping (just think without beekeeping there may one day be no big apples in the city).

The festivities kick-off with the Beekeepers Ball followed by a rally at City Hall -- I'll be attending both events with my stepdaughter and covering them on the blog-- with many more events throughout the week (click here for a full schedule and list of generous sponsors).

The First Annual Beekeepers Ball in New York City...
"Indulge in a night of sweetness" on Monday, June 22 at 6-9 pm at the Water Taxi Beach at South Street Seaport -- tickets start at $25 (free for kids) -- click here to buy tickets or make a donation).

Come to the rally at City Hall and help legalized beekeeping in NYC!
Beginning at 12:30 on Monday, June 22, join Just Food and others for a press conference and speech by Council member, David Yassky (my sister Carla's friend from Dalton), followed by a march to NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's Administrative Tribunal, 66 John Street, 11th Floor at 1:30 to support a member of the community who got an enormous fine --$2,000 -- for beekeeper in their backyard in Brooklyn. Please RSVP to nadia@justfood.org with the subject line "bee rally".

Check out Just Food's Blog about Beekeeping and get the facts about urban beekeeping (don't forget to sign the petition and help legalize beekeeping in New York).
Here's a taste of what's on there:
Honeybee Facts

Question: What do cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Portland, Paris, San Francisco,
Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver have that NYC does not?

Answer: Legalized beekeeping.

Bee keeping is currently illegal in New York City. The New York City Health Code under Section 161.01 prohibits the possession, keeping, harboring and selling of “wild animals.” This ban, in it’s listing of “all venomous insects” includes and in doing so outlaws bees.

......Honeybees help gardens grow more fruit and vegetables and produce sweet honey. They are nature’s best pollinators and contribute to productive harvests in community gardens, public parks and nature centers.

Watch this video about beekeeping on the Upper West Side ("the honey is good and very pure here")! Just think, Central Park Honey, Hell's Kitchen Honey, Loisida Honey, Carnegie Hill Nectar, Bushwick Bee Honey, Jackson Heights Honey, and all the wonderful possibilities from Staten Island and the Bronx!


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